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Kentucky & the Smokies

Explore the stunning fall foliage of the Smoky Mountains and the culture, history, and tastes of Appalachia. In Asheville, North Carolina we will tour the country's largest private residence, The Biltmore Estate, before boarding a motorcoach and driving through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee we'll spend an afternoon in Dolly Parton's Appalachian theme park Dollywood and watch captivating performances including the Hatfield & McCoy dinner show. In Louisville, Kentucky we will spend a morning at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, tour the Louisville Slugger Museum, and feel the spirit of Halloween at the Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular.

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Day 1 : Fly to Charlotte

We fly to Charlotte, North Carolina for a restful night at the Drury Inn & Suites Charlotte Northlake.

Day 2 : The Biltmore Estate

After an included breakfast, depart for Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, the country’s largest private residence. Upon arrival in Antler Hill Village we have free time for lunch and exploration, including complimentary wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate Winery or shopping at many boutiques and craft stores.

Later, tour the vast Biltmore mansion with an audio guide.

Tonight we get to know our fellow traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Asheville.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : The Smoky Mountains

We board our motorcoach and drive into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to enjoy the breathtaking views. The Smokies are the highest mountains east of the Rockies, rising to more than 5,000 feet.

Learn about the park during a guided driving tour, then ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway to the top of Mt. Harrison.

There is free time to savor the sights or walk around town, then travel to Pigeon Forge for the Hatfield & McCoy dinner show with our overnight accommodations nearby.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Dollywood

In the morning we’re off to Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum, featuring a guided tour with exhibits, artifacts and replica architecture of the famous passenger liner. Enjoy lunch in a secret room aboard the "ship."

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s fascinating amusement park where we will experience impressive live performances.

This evening get ready for spectacular entertainment at Country Tonite, voted Best Show in the Smokies! Enjoy talented singers and dancers, laugh with comedians, and get lost in the powerful gospel and American patriotism that underpins the spellbinding show.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Museum of Appalachia

We’re Kentucky-bound this morning with a stop at the Museum of Appalachia, a tribute to the spirit of the American South. Browse historical exhibits, hear musicians play old-time music, and stroll through rustic paths, gardens, and cabins that reflect a bygone era.

We arrive in the Bluegrass State and check-in to our comfortable accommodations in Lexington for a two-night stay at the SpringHill Suites.


Day 6 : Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The day kicks off with a tour of the Mary Todd Lincoln House.

Afterwards, visit the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a beautiful heritage park revealing the culture, community, and ingenuity of the Kentucky Shakers. Lunch features delicious dishes from fresh ingredients grown in the village.

There is time to browse the shops and listen to a musical performance before we depart for the Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, a home to thoroughbreds living out their Golden Years in comfort after a career in racing or breeding.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 : My Old Kentucky Home

Tour the My Old Kentucky Home mansion, one of America's most famous and celebrated landmarks. Witness extraordinary antiques, paintings, fashion, stories, and end with a culinary class and tasting of old fashioned southern biscuits.

We have time for lunch in Bardstown before departing for Louisville.

Upon arrival we visit Whiskey Row for a tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.


Day 8 : Louisville Sights

There’s no experience quite like a morning at Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby. Get behind the scenes of the legendary racetrack with breakfast in the Horsemen’s Track Kitchen, then tour Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby Museum and more!

This afternoon, celebrate the end of your fantastic adventure in the south with a Farewell Lunch at the historic Brown Hotel.

Afterwards, we arrive at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for a guided tour and then have time to explore the museum, gift shop, and witness the world's largest baseball bat, a 120-foot replica of a slugger belonging to Babe Ruth.

We check-in to our Louisville hotel for a two-night stay, then spend the evening at the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, where 5,000 professionally-carved pumpkins illuminate an enchanting trail along Iroquois Park.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home, bidding farewell to Louisville with our cherished memories.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Drury Inn & Suites Charlotte Northlake
  • 1 night at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Asheville
  • 2 nights at the Country Cascades in Pigeon Forge
  • 2 nights at the SpringHill Suites in Lexington
  • 2 nights at the Drury Inn & Suites Louisville North

Attractions & Highlights

  • The Biltmore Estate audio tour
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park guided tour
  • Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
  • Titanic Museum guided tour
  • Dollywood
  • Country Tonite show
  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  • Old Friends at Dream Chase Horse Farm
  • My Old Kentucky Home guided tour and culinary biscuit demonstration
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  • Churchill Downs Racetrack & Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory tour
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
  • Lunch at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  • Backstretch breakfast and a tour of the Churchill Downs Racetrack
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville

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Final Payment Date: 08/26/2021

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Larry Moore

Larry anchored the award-winning 5 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm news at KMBC-TV. He has anchored the news for more years than anyone in Kansas City.

He has been chosen best television news anchor by Kansas City Media Professionals and by the readers of Pitch Weekly and Ingram’s Magazine. Squire Publications editors and readers honored Larry as Kansas City TV Person of the Century. Kansas City Magazine named him as one of Kansas City’s Top 10 Celebrities. In 2017, he was inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Larry and his wife Ruth are recipients of the prestigious Broderick Award, recognizing their accomplishments in community and civic leadership. Larry was also recipient of the Zink the Zebra annual community involvement award. In 2014, Larry was presented the prestigious Outstanding Kansas Citian of the Year award. Larry and Ruth have five children and seven grandchildren.

Join Larry and KMBC-TV viewers on this wonderful vacation!